On a beautiful day last Sunday, five riders from College competed in dressage, show jumping and cross country at the Inter Schools One Day Event held at Stonar School in Wiltshire. Tom O’Bryan (3rd, S) started the day well on his pony, Tyger, posting the third best dressage. Show jumping was tough with many poles falling but Belle Channing (4th, W) on Mystic Merlin pulled out a fine clear. Storming rounds in cross country followed, but the time was tight and all of our riders were on ponies or small horses which made it very difficult to beat the bogey time. Annabel Slatter (4th, A) did well on Comet to come home with a great clear within the time. Ellie Jones-Perrott (L6, A) from Kenya also took all in her stride on her borrowed pony.
In the final reckoning, the College team came 9th out of 19 schools, with Belle the best individual coming 8th in her section. Whilst there were some wistful cries of “if only”, that is the nature of eventing; it is really difficult to perfect three disciplines on the same day. Tavie Slatter (4th, W) was out for the first time representing College on her new horse: an exciting combination to look out for in the future! We’re very much looking forward to our next Inter Schools competition in two weeks time at Hartpury College.